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Tornadoes Confirmed Along NC Coast In Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle

The NWS confirmed an EF-2 tornado hit between 2:10 and 2:16 p.m. Saturday.

CARTERET COUNTY, NC (WNCN) - A pair of tornadoes touched down in eastern North Carolina Saturday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says an EF-2 tornado hit Emerald Isle Saturday with top winds of 120 mph. A separate EF-0 tornado with top winds of 80 mph was confirmed to have hit Cape Carteret.

The EF-2 tornado caused damage to several homes and knocking out power to thousands, according to the NWS.

The NWS confirmed an EF-2 tornado in Emerald Isle between 2:10 and 2:16 p.m. Saturday. The twister was about 75 yards wide and was on the ground about 2.8 miles, including distance as a waterspout.

It was later confirmed an EF-0 tornado hit Cape Carteret just after 2 p.m. with maximum winds of 80 MPH.

Carteret-Craven Electric Co-Op said power lines were taken out and nearly 15,000 customers were really in Carteret County without power. The EF-2 tornado took out lines and poles between 8th and 9th Street in Emerald Isle, the company said.

The tornado became a waterspout over Bogue Sound it weakened as it crossed back over land as a tornado near Adams Lane and Broad Creek Loop Road.

The NWS tweeted several photos damaged homes in Emerald Isle.

Initial reports said seven homes were damaged.

A tornado warning was issued earlier for the area and nearby areas were under a tornado warning until 5:15 p.m.

A tornado hit the area already in November. Damage was reported after the EF-1 tornado hit nearby Atlantic Beach and Morehead City on Nov. 13.

No one was injured in either tornado.